In March 2008 local residents celebrated as councillors rejected Tesco proposals for Mill Road. Over 250 people attended the meeting of the East Area planning committee, and councillors voted unanimously to reject Tesco's proposals to build an extension to the rear of the proposed site, and to install refrigeration and air conditioning. Tesco had previously confirmed in writing to the council planning department that they would not be able to open a store on this site without such an extension. Despite this decision also being upheld at appeal Tesco decided to open the store, albeit a third smaller than originally intended, in August 2009. In February 2010 Tesco lost its appeal to sell alcohol in the store.
In May 2011 Sainsbury's revealed it needed planning permission to open a store in Mill Road in what is now Mickey Flynn’s pool hall. Campaigners from the Mill Road Society yesterday held a protest outside an exhibition organised by Sainsbury’s to explain its plans. Sainsbury's submitted a planning application in June. By end July over 4,500 people had signed a petition opposing the new store. Please see an article at cambridgenews.co.uk, 27th July 2011.